I'll turn my smart phone off when you turn off your computer.
Smart phones and iPads have only been around a few years. The decline in recreational sailing started in the late 80s before even before PCs were mainstream.
I'm just sticking up for my generation. I think they are not buying cruising sailboats because they are doing it tougher than the boomers. All the economic and social data backs me up on this. My kid's generation has it even tougher.
Speaking for myself, I was a poor boy and got my first full time job at 15. I worked hard. I saved hard. I own a bluewater cruiser and I use it. Before I bought the bluewater cruiser I travelled five continents by air and land. No shortage of rose smelling... despite the smart phone.
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We're of the same generation and it sounds like we have similar experience. Cruising is as hard or easy or as cheap or as expensive as you want to make it. The only difference between those doing it and those who aren't is that those who are doing it wanted to do it bad enough to find a way.
No excuses, no rationalizations, just make like Nike and "just do it." It's when someone buys their own excuses that it is time to admit that they really don't want to, at this moment in time. When they start finding a way, planning, saving and searching, then that's different.
You hit the nail on the head- you saved hard.
One can buy a perfectly acceptable grin generating camp-cruiser for under $3K, and one can go cruising 3-5 weeks a year for years for under $2K/yr.
So, if one decides to make coffee at home instead of hitting Starbucks twice a day, takes a lunch to work instead of buying lunch, figure one saves $15/ day.
In a year of saving with no real sacrifice, You've bought your boat and paid for your first vacation. After that, you're rolling.
By thinking small, keeping our small cruiser and redefining what we thought we "needed" in a boat, and what were really luxuries, we were able to keep living aboard during the season, cruising and enjoying decent rum and wine even in the face of a combined loss of $60K in annual income and multiple job changes thanks to the economic meltdown.
Yep- my wife and I make $60K less annually than we did in 2008. Our income was cut almost in half. We're climbing back out, but it is and was "Whiskeyjack" which allows us to escape the grind, and offered a last ditch refuge- if we finally couldn't make the mortgage, if we finally had more month than money permanently, we still had a place to live.
And we're still sailing.
That is why I have little patience for excuses and rationalizations and "woe is me, you don't know how hard it is..." posts.
Yeah, I do.
and I'm still sailing.